YWCA awards hundreds of scholarships

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Hundreds of students from 57 schools and colleges received scholarships from the local chapter of the YWCA.

Nittaya Patimasongkroh, chairwoman of the YWCA Pattaya Chapter, presented the scholarships along with Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, and Mike Group Managing Director Surat Mekavarakul at Mike Shopping Mall Aug. 30.

Also attending were YWCA officials from Bangkok and Chonburi, and Tami Kojima, wife of Japan’s ambassador to Thailand, who delighted everyone in attendance by delivering a speech to the children, in Thai, that she wrote herself.  In it, she asked the children to show their thankfulness to the sponsors and to YWCA by studying hard, behaving well and becoming good citizens.

Happy students pose for a commemorative photo with their benevolent sponsors.Happy students pose for a commemorative photo with their benevolent sponsors.

The YWCA’s Happy Family program attracted 86 sponsors for its 22nd annual scholarship presentation. Among them was Monika Podleska, chairwoman of the Plauderstunde German-language ladies club, who donated 20,000 baht, and William Macey of the Pattaya Sports Club.

Burapha University Education major Phisamai Songsri receives her scholarship from Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome.Burapha University Education major Phisamai Songsri receives her scholarship from Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome.

Awards were made to students with strong academic records who demonstrated financial hardship.

Scholarships were given to 96 students from 11 Pattaya city schools, 201 students from 33 schools elsewhere in Chonburi Province; six students from Banglamung Vocational School; 11 students from Sattahip Technical College, two students from Ramkhamhaeng University; and one student each from Thammasart, Kasetsart Bangkhen, Sriracha Rajanagarindra Rajabhat, Rajmongkol Technology universities.

Burapha University Education major Phisamai Songsri said she felt fortunate to receive a scholarship and thanked the YWCA for recognizing good, low-income students.